STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9821-9422 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Singer Tina Dunne and guitarist Andrew Price first rose to CR's attention with their marvelous work with prophetic worship pioneers out of Cardiff's Springwood Church. Now they're two fifth's of this very tasty roots group from Bristol. Recorded at NGM's superb studio at Bristol's Caedmon's Complex it's not surprising that sonically this is top notch. Portland St specialize in haunting acoustic orientated music where Tina Dunne's wistfully sonorous voice interweaves nicely with Isabelle Roberts' gliding electric violin. Sometimes it doesn't quite work, the chirpy "Lazy" is crying out for some percussion to go with the busy bass line. But clearly the band have the skill to deliver in any small club and hopefully this four-song EP is the first of many recordings.
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